A California woman was arrested after she allegedly attacked a teenage boy at random and tried pushing him off a bridge, police said.
The teen was crossing the Crown Valley Parkway Bridge while on a run with a high school cross-country teammate when he was grabbed by 23-year-old Stephanie Redondo about 4 p.m. Friday, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said.
Redondo allegedly tried “to push him over the bridge safety railing,” but the boy and his teammate were able to fight her off and get to safety, officials said.
Police responding to the bridge after receiving a call about a person possibly attempting to jump arrested Redondo, whom they described as a “transient,” at the scene.
She was charged with attempted murder and is being held on $500,000 bail. She is expected to be arraigned Tuesday.
“Thankfully the juvenile victims and witnesses reacted swiftly, and no one sustained serious physical injury from this incident,” police said. “This is an important reminder of how quickly a situation can escalate and that personal safety should always be top-of-mind.”